Prediction and odds for the game: Southampton (15/8) v Tottenham (7/5)
We are backing the home win
When: Saturday 25th January 2020, Kick-off 3 PM
Where: St Marys
On Saturday afternoon, Southampton host Tottenham at St Marys in an all-Premier League FA Cup fourth-round tie.
The Saints head into this game in fine fettle after a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace last time out. The victory over the Eagles means that Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team has won six of their last eight games in all competitions, including four of their last five competitive outings.
A 2-0 home win over Huddersfield in the FA Cup third round ended a poor run of form for the team from the south coast in the famous old competition. The Saints had previously failed to win in their last three FA Cup matches. They had also conceded at least twice in their three winless games in the competition.
Southampton a real mixed home record in the FA Cup, as they have won just three of their last eight matches in the competition at St Marys. One thing to note is that the Saints have failed to score in just one of their last 19 home games in the FA Cup. On current form, that good record is likely to continue in this clash.
The visitors have not enjoyed a great couple of months. However, Spurs head to the south coast on the back of a three-game unbeaten run after a narrow 2-1 home win over Norwich. The win was only the visitor’s second win in their last seven games in all competitions. Their recent matches have been relatively low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in four of their last six competitive games.
Tottenham have a decent recent record in the FA Cup, having won nine of their last 11 outings. The visitors needed a replay to see off Middlesbrough in the third round of the FA Cup, eventually winning 2-1 in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The team from north London have struggled for away wins in the FA Cup, winning just two of their last eight matches in the competition. They have only kept two clean sheets in their last eight games in the FA Cup.
Spurs have a good recent record against Southampton, winning five of the last eight meetings in all competitions. However, the Saints won the last meeting between the two teams just a few weeks ago.
Southampton are the form team heading into this clash and the Saints will fancy their chances of progressing into the fourth round. Meanwhile, Tottenham are inconsistent and have been underwhelming of late. Considering the two teams contrasting form of late, we are backing the home win.
We are also backing both teams to score, as neither side has been great in defence of late and Southampton have been relatively prolific too.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 15/8 and or both teams to score at odds of 4/7. (All odds are taken from Bet 365).
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